Ontario Energy Association supports supply-mix diversity and balance

    OEA comments on alternative supply-mix proposal

    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) supports
electricity supply-mix diversification based on a balance among economic,
environmental and social impacts. Ensuring the long-term reliability and
security of Ontario's electricity system is the paramount objective of the
Ontario Power Authority's Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP), an objective
the OEA strongly endorses.
    "Unfortunately, there is no simple solution," said OEA President and CEO
Shane Pospisil, commenting on Renewable is Doable, a study released today by
WWF-Canada and the Pembina Institute. "Conservation, energy efficiency,
renewables, high-efficiency gas, combined heat and power, and nuclear - which
currently provides over half our electricity needs - all are part of the
    The WWF-Canada/Pembina Institute material notes that Ontario uses 60 per
cent more electricity per capita than New York, but fails to mention that's
largely because New York is no longer the major manufacturing economy it once
was. "An industrial economy such as Ontario's needs clean, reliable,
competitively-priced baseload power," said Pospisil. "This, in addition to our
ability to use energy more efficiently, will be a critical part of Ontario's
competitive advantage in the future."
    The IPSP reflects a prudent and balanced approach based on extensive
consultations and input from all stakeholders and already includes some of the
boldest commitments to conservation, energy efficiency and renewables anywhere
in North America.
    "The important thing now is to get on with implementing the plan," said

    The 170-member Ontario Energy Association (OEA) is Ontario's premier
energy trade organization, representing firms and organizations involved in
the transmission, distribution and marketing of natural gas; and the
generation, transmission, distribution and marketing of electricity across the
province. OEA members together employ about 32,000 Ontarians and last year
accounted for about $34 billion in market revenues.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Scott, Managing Director, Public
Relations,  Ontario Energy Association, (416) 961-2339 ext. 229,
sscott@energyontario.ca, www.energyontario.ca

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